Veterans F.O.R. Emergency Food Card Assistance Project
This is an opportunity for F.O.R. members, especially those who are military veterans, to reach out to the young veterans’ community…
NEW: Veterans F.O.R. Emergency Food Card Assistance Project: The Veterans Fellowship of Reconciliation has just launched a new project to accompany our project that sends books to incarcerated Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. Because the Veterans Administration (VA) is overwhelmed with the needs of the veterans of the U.S. wars of the past 12 years, we hope to share a model project that provides short-term food relief to the young veterans living on the edge.
We are soliciting $50 food cards (gift cards) from local grocery stores in the Ithaca, N.Y. area, specifically Wegmans and Greenstar (our large local food co-op). Local veterans and allies are matching the donations of Wegmans and Greenstar.
We have identified community sites that service all citizens in need of help, for example, emergency housing, the Department of Social Services, a program that deals with local incarcerated citizens and provides family support, the Salvation Army and Friendship Donation Network (local food bank), etc. These agencies are instructing Iraq or Afghanistan veterans to contact us.
The 1st Unitarian Society of Ithaca (FUSIT) is the local hub for this project. Any veteran who is interested can contact Veterans Fellowship of Reconciliation to arrange a meeting. At FUSIT we will verify their experience and provide a first card.
The veterans support community is matching the grocery stores’ donations so we hope to have a continuous food support system. At the initial meeting we will offer assistance and advice with regard to utilizing VA services. We know which counselors are most effective and we will help with transportation and accompaniment.
Anyone interested in our blueprint, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (607) 319-0980. We feel this is another way to unite veterans and community. War is a moral injury as well as a psychological, neurological or physical injury. “Coming Home” is never simple and hundreds of thousands of Vietnam Veterans died by 1980. We can’t let this happen again… Peace VetsFOR